Your Fall Yard Composting Guide: FAQs
Fall Yard Composting
Ah, fall! The season of pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters, and, yes, falling leaves! As we venture into this season, it’s also the perfect time to talk about yard composting. At MyEcoWorld®, we make it easier for you to manage your yard and kitchen waste responsibly with our compostable food scrap bags.
The Importance of Yard Composting in Fall
Fall is a crucial season for composting. With leaves falling in abundance and garden plants retiring for the year, you have a plethora of organic materials at your disposal. Composting these materials not only enriches your soil for the next growing season but also reduces the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfills.
The Basics: What Can Go in Your Yard Compost Bin
For the Yard (we recommend using MyEcoWorld® 13-Gal Compostable Food Waste Bags)
- Leaves: Rich in carbon, leaves are excellent for composting. They break down relatively quickly and provide valuable nutrients.
- Grass Clippings: These are high in nitrogen and mix well with the carbon-rich materials like leaves.
- Small Branches: These need to be cut into smaller pieces before adding to the compost pile.
- Plant Debris: Spent plants from your garden can also be composted, as long as they're not diseased.
- Fruit and Vegetable Scraps: Good for compost and can be conveniently stored in our compostable food waste bags.
- Coffee Grounds: Another excellent source of nitrogen.
- Eggshells: These add calcium to the compost.
What Not to Include
- Diseased plants
- Pet wastes
- Oils or fats
- Meat or dairy products
The Caveat: Don’t Mix Edible and Non-Edible Composting
One crucial piece of advice we often share is not to compost edible and non-edible things in the same compost bin or area. The reason? The risk of cross-contamination and the potential attraction of pests. While food scraps like fruit and vegetable peelings are excellent for compost, mixing them with yard waste that has been treated with chemical fertilizers or pesticides can contaminate the compost.
If you're using our compostable food waste bags for your kitchen compost, make sure to have a separate composting area or bin exclusively for yard waste.
Tips for Fall Composting
- Layering: Alternate layers of green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) materials for a balanced compost pile.
- Turning: Make sure to turn your compost pile regularly to aerate it, speeding up the decomposition process.
- Moisture: Keep the compost pile as damp as a wrung-out sponge for optimal composting conditions.
- Bag It: Use MyEcoWorld®'s compostable bags to easily transfer kitchen scraps to your compost pile.
Fall is not just a season to admire the changing colors but also to prepare your yard and garden for the colder months ahead. And what better way to do it than by composting responsibly?
As always, thank you for choosing MyEcoWorld® for your waste management needs. Feel free to reach out with any questions or suggestions you have. Happy composting this fall!